Martha’s Vineyard Residents Angry About Migrants

Residents won’t speak on camera for fear of seeming “inhumane.”

QUICK FACTS:
  • A reporter for Telemundo, a Spanish television channel, reported that residents of Martha’s Vineyard are angry about the illegal immigrants being dropped off on their island.
  • Cristina Londoño Rooney of Telemundo said she has heard locals’ frustration over the migrants’ arrivals, but that they didn’t want to speak on camera for fear of being seen as “inhumane.”
  • One resident cited by the reporter said his own children had to leave the island for lack of housing, and he believes migrants are being brought there under false pretenses.
  • The report came after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) transported the illegal migrants to the vacation location of many supporters of illegal immigration.
FROM THE REPORTER:
  • Londono reported from the island, saying that a “furious man passed by just a short time ago. He said that his children had to leave this island because there are no jobs or housing, and now they bring these migrants over, deceiving them with those promises.”
  • “There are also others who blame the Biden Administration, saying it’s their fault, they don’t want the migrants here,” the reporter went on. “But they don’t want to speak on-camera, either, because they don’t want to be depicted as inhumane.”
BACKGROUND:
  • As American Faith previously reported, DeSantis took part in a practice used by other Republican governors to send migrants to jurisdictions of the politicians who support their entry into the United States.
  • Reports are streaming in that the vacation home-filled island is in crisis mode, unable to accommodate living arrangements for the migrants.
  • Martha’s Vineyard homeless shelter coordinator Lisa Belcastro told reporters, “At some point in time they have to move from here to somewhere else. We don’t have the services to take care of 50 immigrants. We certainly don’t have housing. We’re in a housing crisis as we are on this island, so we can’t house everyone here that lives here and works here. We don’t have housing for 50 more people.”